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What Are P Scales...

Performance scales (P Scales) are an inclusive assessment tool which, like other assessment tools, require exemplification and moderation, in order to validate any judgments.

It is essential to consider the use and development of P scales in the context of the broader assessment picture rather than as an isolated process. This is particularly important where there may be small numbers of pupils in a school who require assessment using the P scales, or where a teacher is working in isolation (there may only be one teacher in a school who is using P scales at a given time)
P Level descriptors describe early learning and attainment before level 1 in eight levels P1to P8.

The performance descriptors may be used by teachers in the same way as the National Curriculum level descriptors to

  • Decide which description best fits a pupil’s performance over a period of time and in different contexts

  • Develop or support more focused day –to –day approaches to ongoing teacher assessment by using the descriptors to refine and develop long, medium and short term planning.

  • Track linear progress towards attainment at National Curriculum level 1

  • Identify lateral progress by looking for related skills at similar levels across their subjects

  • Record pupil’s overall development and achievement possibly at the end of year or key stage

P Levels should not be used to describe the attainment of children who are new to the English Language, the LiC scales should used.

How the Framework of P scales progresses as Les. Staves describes ( Independent Consultant in the teaching and learning of Maths for SLD)
(i) may encounter without obvious learning-may be passive or resistant
(ii) becoming more aware of sensory experiences and developing attention
P2– attend-respond-engage-participate
(i) learning to attend, share attention and explore
(ii) engage in shared exploration-turn taking, using looking, early pointing
P3-participate-anticipate-involved-seeking to understand
(i) participate in exploring and events and routines
(ii) manipulate objects with deliberate intentions, observe effects of action remembering and beginning to understand relationships
P4-P8– Inquisitive learning. Extending understanding –connecting knowledge and skills. Acquire and practice new skills, make connections absorbing new information.
Using active thinking, adapting to new ideas. Becoming progressively more independent as inquisitive and creative learners. Overlapping and extending P8 Early learning goals NC1. Active participation and involvement in gaining skills and understanding.


P Scale Explained - P scales level descriptors .pdf

 Statutory Guidance  -  P Scale attainment targets for pupils with SEN.pdf